Much like CineVegas art-scene docs The Cool School (Ferus Gallery, LA, 1950s) and Beautiful Losers (Alleged Gallery, New York, 1990s), Tuesday's "Marginal: Art for Its Own Sake" panel was both colorful and chaotic. With Billy Al Bengston, Ed Moses and sometime-artist Dennis Hopper representing Ferus, Stephen Powers, Jo Jackson and Geoff McFetridge representing Alleged and critic Dave Hickey thrown in for good measure, dominant themes included creating in a vacuum, placing a monetary value on works and leaving a legacy. Though Losers is the superior film, the Old Schoolers enjoyed themselves far more, cracking each other up as they gossiped, kvetched and broke down into insider sub-groups, while the remainder just tried not to embarrass themselves. The highlight, however, was easily the no-holds-barred Moses, who offered such nuggets of wisdom as "If it doesn't ream your a**hole out, let's move on!" and "Ninety-eight percent of everything is bullsh*t. I'm being generous."
Las Vegas Weekly contributor Julie Seabaugh joins Josh to wrap up the 2009 CineVegas film festival, including award winners, local films and festival highlights.
CineVegas 2009 wrapped up last night with girls on rollerskates, a drive-in and a filmmaker family reunion in the heart of Las Vegas.
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